Koran Desecration Rumors Spark Anti-U.S. Protests In Kabul

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October 27, 2009 1:11 p.m.
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October 25: Students in Kabul protest over allegations that Western soldiers burned a Koran. The protests, which lasted two days, spread to the southern city of Kandahar and the eastern city of Jalalabad. The riots erupted even though a coalition spokeswoman claimed an investigation had dismissed the claims.

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The Afghan police march to meet protesters. When police arrived, the protesters threw stones and injured 10 to 15 police officers.

Newscom/Xinhua/Zabi Tamanna

More than a 1,000 Kabul University students took to the streets.

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Protesters shout slogans while marching, including “Death to America, death to Jews and Christians!” according to news reports.

Newscom/Xinhua/Zabi Tamanna

Demonstrators throw the clothes from an effigy of Obama.

Newscom/Xinhua/Zabi Tamanna

The Afghan police attempt to protect the parliament building in Kabul as protesters gather.

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Demonstrators burn the American flag. At a protest on Sunday, President Obama was burned in effigy.

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Many protesters called for jihad, according to reports.

Newscom/UPI Photos/Hossein Fatemi

Newscom/UPI Photos/Hossein Fatemi

Tensions come to a head as riot police charge demonstrators in front of the parliament building.

Newscom/UPI Photos/Hossein Fatemi

October 26: Some were beaten after the clash with police.

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October 26: “Police have been extra tolerant trying to avoid any scuffle with the protesters,” said a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry.

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October 26: Dozens were arrested.

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October 26: A mullah attached to an Afghan army unit alleged that “The enemies of Afghanistan are trying to make people go against the government in order to start riots.”

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